A loan of $450 helped buying boxes of soap and crackers.

Hortense Julienne S.'s story

Hortense Julienne S. O. was born on 12 April 1978 in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. Married to Euphrem Saizonou, Hortense Julienne is the mother of one child who attends school. The couple has another child they look after. They have only been living in the Yénawa neighborhood in Cotonou for one year. Hortense Julienne helps her husband manage the various family expenses thanks to the profits of her business. Hortense Julienne quit school at the secondary level, then devoted herself to the sale of boxes of soap and also boxes of crackers and basic foodstuffs. Hortense Julienne buys her supply at the Gbogbanou market in Cotonou and sells her products in Dantokpa, the international market of Benin. This is the second time that Hortense Julienne has requested a loan from ALIDé. She is looking to increase her working capital and increase her clientele which will allow her to gain more profits.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Carolyn McMahon

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